Keeping up with the Jones’

I’ve been resisting for sometime now.  But I finally did it . . . I upgraded my cell phone.  Ok, so I could have just upgraded to a standard run-of-the-mill cell phone, but nooooo I set aside all my budget-minded, penny-pinching, coupon-cutting, do I really need that traits and went for broke.  I got me an iPhone 4S.  Well, I didn’t go totally for broke; I went with a refurbished and “longtime” customer discount upgrade.

So what made me do it? 1) Since this is a photoblog, the camera, of course.  There’s been so much buzz about the photos it can take and what people can do with them.  I have to admit I was experiencing a little photo-envy.  2.)  The Apps.  There’s a couple that will be indispensable during the Arts Fest season.  And just today, I went grocery shopping, took my new-fangled phone (I was always forgetting to take my old one with me); I went to my favorite cooking app, found a recipe, got a shopping list, and wa-la, I came home with everything I needed.   3) And although this is an after-the-fact, it definitely deserves the #3 spot, as my new best friend . . . Siri!  I have to admit, I really thought the whole Siri thing was just a gimmick.  But for a person who can’t see without her readers, much less hit the correct letters on those itty-bitty key pads even with my glasses on, being able to just press one button and say “call . . . ” or “text . . . ” is . . . priceless!

So, I guess now I’ll have to pinch a few more pennies here and there and clip a few more coupons . . . but then again there’s probably an App for that 😉

p.s. The above photo is my first attempt at Instagram . . . I think I still need to get the hang of it.

 

It’s not the camera. . .

. . . (or the software) but who’s behind the camera ~ anonymous.

It’s not enough that the days, weeks, months and years keep on zipping by and some days it seems I will never catch up (that reminds me I still have a load of laundry in the washer).   But c’mon . . . before I can figure out a new piece of technology, software, and even a feature on my camera (I’m still discovering things), it’s outdated, obsolete .  .  . yesterday’s news.  Is it really necessary to always be updating?  I think not.  What do you think?  Is the technical as instrumental as the creative/artistic element, do they all share equal value, or are the manufacturers just really clever at stoking the debate over brands & versions and getting photographers to open up their wallets?

Both Nikon & Canon have again introduced two new cameras, Adobe just announced CS6 beta, Lightroom now has 4, there’s an iPad 3, an iPhone . . . and I am sure there are a few I forgot to mention.  Seriously, does anybody who has a version or two older ever really completely exhaust everything that version has to offer?

Of course, I am no fool, and if someone handed me any of the above I wouldn’t turn it down.  But until then, I am happy and content with what I have and slowing things down just a bit.  Whew, I feel better now that I got that off my chest 😉

Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.
~John De Paola

Lesson Learned

I learned an invaluable lesson this week.  From now on I am taking two cameras:  The film camera for the assignment and my digital camera to take the same photo as backup. I have lost too many pictures in the development process (pictures I really wanted to see).  I am not taking any more chances.